GAY, Ga. – Dozens of vendors are coming to Meriwether County to sell their arts, crafts, food, and other wares at the Cotton Pickin’ Fair. Gay hosts the fair twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring.
Jessica Holt comes to sell at the fair regularly. She takes scrap metal and other junk and recycles them to create works of art. She expects at least a healthy $1,000 in sales by the end of the festival.
“A lot of the wood is old siding or ceiling pieces, tongue-and-groove paneling, it came out of houses 100 years ago,” Holt said. “A lot of the shingles I’ve bought have come from the roof as they were taking it apart. So the roofer is excited. He’s getting paid to replace the roof and to rip it down. And he’s getting more than if he had sold it as scrap.”
Gerald Beatty has been calling ducks since he was 11. Now, he’s sharing his passion by selling hundreds of hand-made duck callers at the Cotton Pickin’ Fair.
“I have high school girls come by and look at them,” Beatty explained. “And then I’ll say you buy one of these calls, the boys will come. And they’ll buy them. So I’m sure they carry them to school. I guarantee you the boys will come.”
Beatty says teachers stop by to purchase a duck call to manage the noise level in their classrooms. He and Holt are just a couple of the many vendors that take part in the huge Southern fair.
The Cotton Pickin’ Fair runs through Sunday, May 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, click here.